WE ARE DIETITIANS WHO CELEBRATES ALL BODY SHAPES & SIZES!
MONIQUE JEPHCOTE (She/Her)
CFIE Director + Accredited Practising Dietitian +
Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor
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Monique is a weight-inclusive, Health At Every Size aligned, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Sports Dietitian, Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor and Personal Trainer. She first opened the doors to our centre in November 2019 ( back when we called ourselves the Intuitive Dietitian Clinic) with a mission to help clients improve their relationship with food, and their bodies, so they can show up for what matters most in their life.
Monique completed her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2018 from Griffith University on the Gold Coast.
Further qualifications in 2019 saw her become a Sports Dietitian (after 7+ years as a personal trainer, this was a natural pathway). From there, she studied with the OG Intuitive Eating Pro’s—Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch—completing her qualifications in becoming a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor.
When she’s not teaching Intuitive Eating at CFIE, you’ll find her working part-time at Robina Private Hospital in the Eating Disorder Outpatient Day Program, hanging out with her golden retriever Cooper, cooking, eating, writing, playing piano, reading (Brene Brown’s books likely), at the ocean, spending time with family and friends, collecting crystals, meditating (Vipassana) or listening to Beyonce.
Monique's passion comes from lived experience
“I grew up with quite a positive relationship with food. My body never really shifted in terms of composition all that much. Food and eating were stress-free and enjoyable, and I didn’t associate food and what it would do to my body as a direct correlation; they were entirely separate entities and experiences to me.
When I finished school, I joined a gym for the first time and completed my certs in Personal Training. I became completely immersed by the health & fitness industry and culture–where dieting, restrictions and excessive fixation on body image was normalised.
This is when things started to change for me. I entered competitive bodybuilding and went on a diet for the FIRST time in my life. As time went on, I actually developed disordered eating tendencies from that experience. The easy, breezy care-free Monique was no longer.
Food and eating became such a disconnected experience, as did everything else in my life. I was only eating to look a certain way; to lose weight, become smaller, become leaner. I had placed my self-worth entirely on these constructs, and it got destructive really, really quickly.
During my degree, and more specifically post-university studies, I was exposed to the evidence-based frameworks such as Health at Every Size, the Non-Diet Approach, and Intuitive Eating. These learnings healed my own disordered relationship with food, movement, my body, and my self-worth.
I believe there is no greater way to learn than through experience. I am grateful for my experience up till now and am a big believer that we all have a ‘thread’– that is, something guiding us to the place we are meant to arrive at next. Without my own personal experiences entrenched in diet culture, body hate and food war, I don’t believe I would understand the people I sit with each day at the CFIE.
There is literally nothing I love more than helping people to step away from diet culture, and instead, return home to themselves through the journey of Intuitive Eating. I truly believe there is nothing else you will ever need after that!”
Qualifications & Training
- Bachelor of Psychological Science – Southern Cross University (currently underway)
- Family Based Treatment for Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa – ANZAED (2021)
- Intuitive Eating Counsellor Certification Course – The Original Intuitive Eating Pro’s (2020)
- Inside Out – Dietitian Essentials – Treatment of Eating Disorders (2020)
- Mental Health First Aid Training – Standard Mental Health First Aider (2020)
- Sports Dietitians Accreditation Course – Sports Dietitians Australia (2019)
- Vipassana 10-day silent meditation course (2019,2018,2017)
- The RAVES eating model training – Shane Jeffrey (2019)
- Motivational Interviewing Training – Tara MacGregor (2019)
- The Non-Diet Approach introductory workshop (2019)
- Microba Insights course – Microba (2019)
- Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics – Griffith University (2018)
- Eating Disorder workshop for Dietitians – DAA (2018)
- SENSE-ational Meal Times – Gillian Griffiths (2018)
- Human Performance Centre – Certified Personal Trainer (2015)
POLY NEVE (She/Her)
Accredited Practising Dietitian +
Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor In-Training
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Polly is an Accredited Practising Dietitian specialising in eating disorders, disordered eating, women’s health and body acceptance. Polly is an enthusiastic and passionate clinician who values human connectedness, endorsing an individualised, non-judgemental approach with her clients and believes that every body is unique and beautiful. Her goal is to move each client away from guilt and shame around food, to discover a positive and compassionate relationship with food and their bodies, so they can live a fulfilling and authentic life.
Polly is best known for her love of food, interest in human behaviour and passion for making evidence-based nutrition knowledge accessible to everyone. Her approach considers all aspects of a person’s lifestyle including, but not limited to nutritional therapy, psychological wellbeing, belief systems, physical activity and rest & relaxation techniques. She always aims to deliver expert and professional coaching in an approachable, fun way.
Polly's journey to Intuitive Eating
Ten or so years ago, Polly’s relationship to food was very different to how it is now. She struggled with disordered eating behaviours & body dysmorphia for many years. Non-diet approaches, including Intuitive Eating were what ultimately allowed her to heal and re-discover the joyful relationship to food and body that she has now. This personal experience is part of what makes Polly so passionate about the work she does. She knows how it feels to be stuck in the torment of food and body obsession, and she knows how to help you nourish your body and find freedom again.
Outside of work, Polly likes to live the simple life – hanging out with family & friends, cooking, tending her veggie garden, practising yoga, reading romance novels, exploring the wild by foot, camping and spending time by the ocean.
Qualifications, Training & Experience
Polly has a first-class Honours Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics from Griffith University. Her approach draws strongly on non-diet, weight neutral and Health at Every Size frameworks and she has completed additional training in these approaches. She has experience coaching individuals in Intuitive Eating and is soon to earn her qualifications to become a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor.
Polly holds memberships with the following organisations, and is committed to staying up-to-date with the evidence-base in health & nutrition:
- Dietitians Association of Australia
- The Butterfly Foundation
- Eating Disorders Queensland
- National Eating Disorders Collaboration
- Mental Health Professionals Network
Polly has experience in and can assist with the following areas:
- Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating
- Intuitive Eating
- Women’s Health Concerns (Amenorrhea, PCOS, Endometriosis, Fertility)
- Childhood nutrition & child feeding difficulties
- Chronic Diseases (Diabetes, Heart Disease)
- Gastrointestinal issues & IBS
- General Healthy Eating advice
WHAT DRIVES US
THE CFIE MISSION
At our core, we are driven by one simple goal: to help others live life to the fullest through a radiant relationship with food, their bodies, and self. We live by our mission statement to deliver exceptional service to our clients each and every day.
HOW WE DO IT
OUR CORE VALUES
When in the presence of another, there will be understanding, trust, comfortability and a feeling of belonging.
We challenge ourselves everyday to cultivate an atmosphere of empathy and understanding, providing a kind and loving environment for all that is free from judgement.
We grow by stepping outside our comfort zone and embracing un-comfortability, because we are committed to progressing and bettering ourselves as human beings.
OUR ASPIRATIONAL VALUES
We strive to create the feeling that somebody or something has your back and is going to do the right thing by you.
We will listen and speak in an open and honest manner, in order to help support the build-up of relationships, and help to prevent the breakdown of relationships.
We will drive into the conversation, event, or experience that leaves us feeling exposed, because we know on the other side comes growth. Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. This is tough to do when we’re terrified about what people might think of us, but we do it anyway!
We aspire not to do what’s been done so many times before, or what we’ve seen others do, because these ways have proven to be non-beneficial or have not worked. Instead, together we will find ways that work, and that break us out of the cycles in place now, to find a way to a better you/us!
We aspire to have the ability to look inwardly in times of personal struggle, so that growth and an understanding of ourselves can deepen.
We will be open to ideas and beliefs that are unfamiliar to us, and will communicate curiously, respectfully and with awareness when discussing these matters with others.
We aspire to live everyday as our true selves, with no fear of judgement or disapproval, so we can put our best self forward and live out our true life purpose. “Today we choose life. Every morning when we wake up we can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… today we choose to feel life, not to deny our humanity but embrace it.” — Kevyn Aucoin